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Alone and Defenseless: A UK Citizen´s call for arms

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:36
American Thinker, by Ciaran Brady Posted By: magnante- Fri, 23 31 2015 02:31:08 GMT In August 2014 the independent government advisory group in the UK known as JTAC (Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre) raised the threat level for the entire UK (including Northern Ireland) to “Severe,” one step down from the maximum Critical level (snip) UK citizens in particular face this risk whilst being denied weapons of self defense. In the past I have fully and enthusiastically supported the UK’s complete ban on hand guns. But immediately after the killing of Lee Rigby I began to reconsider the wisdom of that ban and I now utterly oppose it. As things stand in the UK, hand

How Pope Francis allows politics to distort the Christian faith

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:36
The Week, by Michael Brendan Dougherty Posted By: garnet- Fri, 23 30 2015 02:30:28 GMT Everyone seems to agree that Pope Francis is a unique figure. We’re told he is humble. He’s the “cool pope,” unlike his predecessor Benedict. He is “earthy” and creative in his insults. Some Catholics, even my friends, think he is uniquely pastoral and personable. Others, like myself, find him uniquely opaque and exasperating. That lack of clarity is partially attributable to Francis´ fascination with politics. After the United States agreed to restore relations with Cuba, a deal that included the involvement of the pontiff himself, the Vatican’s secretary of state emphasized Francis’ ambitions for making the Holy See a bigger player

Wait! What? FCC ponders plan to route U.S. 911 calls through Russian satellites

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:36
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm Posted By: SurferLad- Fri, 23 26 2015 02:26:51 GMT Here´s a disturbing idea whose time is about to come: Emergency first responders across the United States may soon be relying on Russian satellites to plot the location of the mobile American distress call. This is not an Onion story. The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to deliberate next week on a plan to use Russian satellites over other competing satellite systems for tracking the exact location of U.S. emergency 911 calls from mobile phones, the source of most emergency calls.

Bush and Romney in ‘Gentlemanly’ Meeting

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:18
New York Times, by Jonathan Martin Posted By: garnet- Fri, 23 24 2015 02:24:03 GMT WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney did not reach an agreement during a Salt Lake City lunch meeting on Thursday on how to reconcile their competing plans to run for the White House next year, advisers to both men indicated after the talk. “Governor Bush enjoyed visiting with Governor Romney today in Salt Lake,” Kristy Campbell, Mr. Bush’s spokeswoman, said, declining to elaborate. Republicans close to both Mr. Romney and Mr. Bush were notably tight'lipped about the long'planned meeting, which the two would'be candidates and their advisers were unhappy had been revealed publicly. The meeting was cordial and touched on both policy

Pro'life and anti'abortion demonstrators converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:18
Yahoo News, by Staff Posted By: dst4life- Fri, 23 18 2015 02:18:05 GMT Thousands of anti'abortion and pro'life demonstrators gathered in Washington on July 22, 2014 for an annual march to protest and support the Supreme Court´s landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP)

The Smartest Guy Ever to Be President Isn´t Quite As Smart As He Thinks

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:18
Commentary, by Peter Wehner Posted By: garnet- Fri, 23 11 2015 02:11:51 GMT Barack Obama is really, really smart. I know, because he told me so during his State of the Union address. Our president is especially smart on foreign policy. I know because Mr. Obama told me that, too. “I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership,” the president said. “We lead best when … we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents. That’s exactly what we’re doing right now. And around the globe, it is making a difference.” Of course it is. Take how smart the president has been in combating ISIS (aka

Obama says police training needed to reduce their racial ‘bias’

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 10 2015 02:10:44 GMT President Obama said Thursday that he wants to improve training of police in minority communities so that officers can “be aware of their biases ahead of time.” The comment came during an interview at the White House, when YouTube celebrity GloZell Green, who is black, asked Mr. Obama what can be done to prevent violence by white police officers against black males such as incidents last year in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. She told Mr. Obama that she has cut the hoods off of her husband’s “hoodie” sweatshirts because she’s afraid “the po'po” [police] will shoot him when

Austerity'battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58
Associated Press, by Nicholas Paphitis Posted By: NorthernDog- Fri, 23 10 2015 02:10:00 GMT ATHENS, Greece — The winds of political change are coursing through austerity'weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. All opinion polls on Sunday´s closely'watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece´s international bailout, enjoys a lead of at least 4 percentage points over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras´ conservatives. To govern — in a historic first for the Greek left — it may need the backing of a smaller party, but most seem willing to oblige. "I want this government to go. It has disappointed me,"

A Tedious, Recycled State of the Union

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58
Tribune Content Agency, LLC, by Jonah Goldberg Posted By: Toledo- Fri, 23 06 2015 02:06:49 GMT It’s hard to believe that was only President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address. It feels like he’s given so many more. Maybe that’s because the man seems to be constantly talking. And talking. The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life. And when he talks, he’s often talking about himself — particularly about things he’s said on other occasions when he was talking. Like many liberals today, Obama has a particular weakness for the logical fallacy known as the argument from authority, and you know he is about to invoke his favorite

Arizona State University offers course on the ‘Problem of Whiteness’

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 55 2015 01:55:23 GMT Arizona State University is offering an English course this semester that promises to explore critical race theory and the “problem of whiteness” in American literature and culture. “U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness” is being taught by ASU assistant professor Lee Bebout, who is white, Campus Reformreported. A vague course description on the university’s website reads: “Major critical schools of recent decades — postcolonialist, psychoanalytic, deconstructionist, feminist, new historicist.” Texts required for the course include “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness,” “Critical Race Theory,” “Everyday Language of White Racism,” “Playing in the Dark” and “The Alchemy of Race and Rights.” Twenty people

Clouds on the Horizon

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:58
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Fri, 23 53 2015 01:53:30 GMT Two things to watch in the coming days are the resurgence of heavy combat in Ukraine and the uncertain situation in the Arabian peninsula following the fall of the administration backed Yemeni government to Iranian'backed rebels and the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. In Eastern Europe, Russia is on the offense. The problem is how to call it something else. The Business Insider has a photo spread and map depicting the recent loss of Donetsk airport to Moscow’s forces. Those are the basic physical facts. The political facts are another matter. The Washington Post says the administration and its

Country before Cameraderie

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:38
Jewish World Review, by Caroline B. Glick Posted By: anselm33- Fri, 23 40 2015 01:40:43 GMT Iran has apparently produced an intercontinental ballistic missile whose range far exceeds the distance between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and Europe. On Wednesday night, Channel 2 showed satellite imagery taken by Israel’s Eros'B satellite that was launched last April. The imagery showed new missile'related sites that Iran recently constructed just outside Tehran. One facility is a missile launch site, capable of sending a rocket into space or of firing an ICBM. On the launch pad was a new 27'meter long missile, never seen before. The missile and the launch pad indicate that Iran’s ballistic missile program, which is an integral part

Obama fuming at Netanyahu invitation to Congress, plans retaliation

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:38
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson Posted By: magnante- Fri, 23 31 2015 01:31:25 GMT “Netanyahu spat in our face. There will be a price.” With these words, an unnamed Obama administration official declared war on Israel’s prime minister in an interview with the left wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Smarting at being blindsided by the invitation to address a joint session of Congress and advocate a sanctions bill on Iran to kick in if the current round of negotiations fails, Obama is letting his anti'Israel feelings show more openly than ever before. Haaretz also reports that Obama has been warning Netanyahu for ten days to not lobby Congress on the bipartisan sanctions bill (snip) There is

ISIS Posts Countdown Clock for Hostages

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:38
Daily Beast, by Staff Posted By: Toledo- Fri, 23 12 2015 01:12:35 GMT ISIS posted a warning online that the "countdown has begun" for the execution of two Japanese hostages held in Syria, including a clock counting down to zero. The 72'hour deadline expired Friday morning, Tokyo time. “There has been no message” from the Islamic State group, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. “The situation remains very severe.” ISIS had demanded $200 million for the two men.

The First Family’s 529 Windfall

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:38
Wall Street Journal, by Staff Posted By: Toledo- Fri, 23 10 2015 01:10:23 GMT If there’s any silver lining in the President’s plan to end the major tax benefit of saving for college, it’s that at least he’s not talking about taxing money that’s already been saved. This aspect of the Obama plan is particularly valuable to people like, well, Barack Obama. As we noted on Thursday, the President wants to allow the Internal Revenue Service to begin taxing distributions from so'called 529 plans, even if they are used as intended to fund legitimate educational expenses such as college tuition. The Obama plan is to treat withdrawals from these savings plans—which are funded with money

The ‘American Sniper’ Freakout Why the left can’t tolerate this movie.

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:19
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway Posted By: grace52- Fri, 23 47 2015 12:47:19 GMT "So'called ‘sand movies,’ the term Hollywood sometimes uses for films set in Afghanistan and Iraq, have a terrible box office track record,” noted the New York Times. Or rather, they had a terrible box office track record. The release of American Sniper, a biopic about Iraq war veteran and legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has changed all that. The film, which opened wide January 16, shattered the record for the largest opening weekend of a film released in January, a month traditionally considered a graveyard for ticket sales.

White House Officially Declared Laughingstock

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:19
White House Dossier, by Keith Koffler Posted By: Honeybadger- Fri, 23 18 2015 12:18:12 GMT The White House Thursday was officially declared a “Laughingstock” and will be demolished by the Department of Interior within a month, officials said today.The proximate cause of the declaration was the White House decision to take the presidency to a brand new low, inviting in three absurdly unqualified and generally ridiculous people to interview the president of the United States.In what the White House no doubt concluded was a brilliant stunt that would allow President Obama to widely distribute his message unimpeded by tough questions and annoying follow ups, Obama aides enlisted three people who have built a large following

Fox’s Kurtz: Obama YouTube Interview Was ‘Beneath the Dignity of the Office’

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:00
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 17 2015 12:17:11 GMT President Obama did an interview earlier today with three very popular YouTube celebrities. The press corps was somewhat flabbergasted by this, given the president’s reticence to engage with them more. Now, considering the three interviewers were all YouTube celebrities, they did actually throw some good questions the president’s way. But to Fox’s Howard Kurtz, an interview with YouTubers felt “beneath the dignity of the office” of the presidency. Both he and Megyn Kelly zoned in on GloZell, a YouTube comedian who they found to be funny, but couldn’t fathom why she got to interview the President of the United States. And not just

Revealed ' how new Saudi King ´raised cash for Mujahideen linked to Osama bin Laden´, has a son who went into space and will need a ´shadow regent´ because of his wandering mind

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:00
Daily Mail [UK], by Jay Akbar Posted By: Attercliffe- Fri, 23 44 2015 11:44:17 GMT Salman bin Abdulaziz will ascend to the throne of Saudi Arabia after a single year as its crown prince. But his ailing health, conservative outlook and controversies over funding terrorist groups put him at odds with his moderate predecessor, King Abdullah. Over the last year, the 79'year'old had increasingly taken on the duties of the former ruler as his half'brother´s own health deteriorated. With reports that King Salman is battling with both Alzheimer´s and dementia, his former task as ruler'by'proxy could be taken by another member of the sprawling royal family. He has suffered at least one stroke which left him with limited

California teacher on leave after alleged teacher'student sex comments

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:00
Los Angeles Times, by Veronica Rocha Posted By: DaddyO- Fri, 23 16 2015 11:16:27 GMT A high school art teacher who allegedly posted Facebook comments condoning sexual relations between teachers and students has been put on paid leave. Teacher Sean Kane works at the same school '' South Hills High in West Covina '' where two female educators were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students. Kane´s profile may have been taken down on the social media site; a recent search of Facebook did not turn up a profile for the teacher. But a school district official confirmed this wording: Students should have kept their “stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it.”